Back in August, Spring Lake Park Police Officer Randy Brown spotted a man jaywalking across Highway 65.
When Brown went to confront him, the man ran away, pushing a bicycle along with him, according to the criminal complaint.
The Anoka County Attorney’s Office filed a complaint against Richard Alan Joyce, 50, Oct. 14, charging him with first-degree burglary, a felony, for allegedly stealing that bicycle.
Immediately before Brown encountered Joyce the afternoon of Aug. 18, Spring Lake Park Police received a report of a stolen bicycle from a residence on Fillmore Street.
The resident said that he was inside his house when someone broke into his garage and stole his bike, valued at more than $500, according to the criminal complaint.
Shortly after hearing the report on his radio, Brown spotted Joyce jaywalking, then found him later in a wooded area near the highway to question him about the bicycle.
Joyce alleged that he had purchased it in Minneapolis for $40, but Brown seized the bike, believing it stolen.
Brown called the man who had reported the burglary and his description of his bike allegedly corresponded with the one Brown took from Joyce.
Brown returned to arrest Joyce, who was charged nearly two months later.
The penalty for first-degree burglary in Minnesota is anywhere from six months to 20 years in prison and fines up to $35,000.
Olivia Koester is at firstname.lastname@example.org